3rd Annual International Mental Health Conference at the IoP (IMH 2006)

Venue: Franklin Wilkins Building

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Aug 30, 2006 End Date/Time: Sep 01, 2006
Registration Date: Aug 08, 2006
Early Registration Date: May 15, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2006
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The main theme of this year’s conference is:
“People on the Move”

People and communities are increasingly mobile.
Many factors contribute:

* Population shocks such as natural disaster, war and famine
* Economic development and globalisation, leading to involuntary resettlement of people displaced by large scale infrastructure projects, and by changing land use and patterns of employment
* Population stresses - poverty, political oppression, long-term conflict and break down in civil society are all push factors for migration within and between countries

Some questions to be considered:

* What are the short-term and medium to long-term consequences of displacement?
* Can we learn anything from recent experiences about good and bad practice with respect to reconstruction and resettlement after population shocks?
* What is the impact of rural to urban migration and of international migration upon mental health?
* What are the mental health needs of migrants to cities and to richer countries? Are these being met?
* Can greater mental health awareness improve policymaking
o For managing migration (migrants, host communities, those left behind)
o For managing complex emergencies
o For post-emergency and post-conflict reconstruction and resettlement

We invite you to submit abstracts for posters and 20 minute oral presentations. The focus for IMH is the power of research to generate evidence to inform policy and service development. We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners and policymakers from all sectors – academics, the health sector, national and international NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental agencies. A primary aim for our conference is to promote networking, exchange of ideas and experiences, and generally to increase awareness of the importance of mental health to global and human development.

Conference Themes:

In addition to the main themes of ‘People on the Move’, abstracts may be submitted on any topic related to international mental health.

Conference Structure:

* August 30th Symposium – “Complex Emergencies – people displaced through war and natural disaster”
* August 31st Parallel sessions and workshops
* September 1st Plenary sessions + parallel sessions

1. Plenary session 1 - "Within Country Migration - urbanisation, rural to urban migration, involuntary resettlement"
2. Plenary session 2 - "Between Country Migration - asylum seekers and refugees, trafficking women"

Confirmed Speakers:

Kaz de Jong – Medecins sans Frontieres - Holland
Joop de Jong – Transcultural Psychological Organization (TCO/NGO)
Derek Summerfield - IoP
Mark Van Ommeren – Mental Health Emergencies - WHO
Jacqueline Weekers – International Organization of Migration
Khalid Saeed – WHO Representative in the Kashmir Earthquake
Chris McDowell – Information Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Please visit our website for details about prices. There you will be able to download our registration form and our abstract submission form.

Come join us in this unique conference!


Stamford Street, SE1 9NH
United Kingdom

Additional Information

Additional conference related programmes: In 2005 we introduced two additional programmes attached to the main conference and both of them were very successful. This year we have expanded the pre-conference workshop transforming it in a bigger event in partnership with the Health Services Research Departament at the IoP. 1) Pre-conference European collaboration event – 29th August 2006. Main theatre – Franklin Wilkins Building Conference Centre, Waterloo Campus. Convened by: Professor Graham Thornicroft For more details about this event please visit www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/international/workshops 2) Short-course in International Mental Health – Methods and Applications. Five days, 4th – 8th September 2006 – Weston Education Centre, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill Campus. This training course is jointly run by the Institute of Psychiatry and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Sixty places only available and priority will be given to conference delegates. Note you will need to fill in the registration form available in the website and tick the box for the short-course. You can find more details regarding the short-course at www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/international/shortcourse